Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Images of Lancaster, CA

Images and text from the book a very cool little book titled "Images of America, Lancaster" by Norma H. Gurba. Published by Arcadia Publishing.

Lancaster was home to around 2,600 residents in 1950. With the advent of the jet age, Edwards AFB and USAF Plant 42, Lancaster was ready for progress and rapid growth.

The Chester Smith Garage serviced many early Lancaster automobiles in the 1930's. Hank Hunter bought it around 1940. A Hank Hunter auto dealership still exits in Lancaster.

As early as 1918, planes were landing at Carter's Field. which would eventually become the Lancaster Airport. The 80 acre airport officially opened in 1930.

The Antelope Valley has long been synonymous with aeronautical achievements that have stirred our national pride and imagination. Charles "Chuck" Yeager was the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound on October 14, 1947.

This 1950's Greyhound Bus depot, provided Lancaster residents another way to commute to the Los Angeles basin.

Santa waves to vistors on Lancaster Boulevard during the downtown Christmas parade in 1959.


Major Pepperidge said...

Neat! I wish cities still had those "welcome" signs.... "Welcome to Coolsville, a friendly town". And of course you need all of the smaller signs for the various fraternal organizations (Lions, Oddfellows, Toastmasters...)! Somehow makes it feel like more of a community, for sure.

Keith said...

These pictures are great. Makes me definitely yearn for that feel of the towns of yesteryear.

Anonymous said...

my sister & I are planning a walk down memory lane in December 2013. we lived on W 15th street & dad & grandpa owned a 76 station near by. mom was beautiful going door to door with avon. I'm certain we were at that parade in '59! local theatre was 25cents on Saturday & the owner was an old man named "dump". Looking forward to seeing you again Lancaster!!